For those of you not jetting off to SxSW this week, here are some shows to help you get over your “I’m Not In Austin” blues.
Mon. March 10
School Night at Bardot has a lineup that includes Mighty Oaks, Gossling and (the act that stands out for me) Cheyenne Mize. U.K. rockers The Kooks will have some fun at the Troubadour. Moses Sumney’s Bootleg residency continues with Tom Brosseau as his special guest. The L.A.-based Sam Morrow has a gig at the Dresden. His upcoming disc reveals him as an impressive, wiser-than-years troubadour.
Tues. March 11
Real Estate and The Shilohs team up for a cool bill at the Fonda. Is it going too far to say that their new album Atlas is really putting them on the map? Local heroes Ozomatli celebrate their new CD A Place In The Sun with an Amoeba in-store.
Wed. March 12
Top Show: Danish singer-songwriter Agnes Obel shares her lovely, ethereal music at the Roxy. Her latest album Aventine has been a big hit in Europe.
Two Sixties survivors ex-Byrd John York and Barry “Eve of Descruction” McGuire come to the Coffee Gallery Backstage tonight and tomorrow. Power Pop-ster Mike Viola returns to the Mint for his monthly gig there.
Thurs. March 13
Top Show: Scott H. Biram is a one-man wildfire of roots music. Shooter Jennings described him as a “scumbag Leonard Cohen.” He has a new Bloodshot CD Nothin’ But Blood and a gig at the Echo, with Whiskey Shivers and Larry and The Flask also on this hard-living bill.
Judy Collins isn’t scheduled to sing at Amoeba, just sign her new CD/DVD Live In Ireland, but it is rare chance to have an up-close encounter with this folk music legend. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe will serving up some big time jams at the Roxy with Ivan Neville‘s Dumpstaphunk also on this funky (or is it “phunky” bill). Tommy Castro and the Painkillers lay down the blues in Agoura Hills at the Canyon and hit Hermosa Beach on March 16 for a Saint Rocke show.
Fri. March 14
Top Show: I’m partial to the Americana night at the Mint featuring Dustbowl Revival and Moot Davis, who touring with his dynamic new disc Goin’ In Hot.
You can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early with the Young Dubliners at the City National Grove of Anaheim. The band has just released its 9th album, entitled Nine. The Smell welcomes Philly rockers Purling Hiss, while the acclaimed singer/songwriter John Gorka will undoubtedly share tunes from his new disc Bright Side of Down when he plays McCabe’s.
Sat. March 15
Top Show: You’ll have to travel all the way out to Ontario’s Citizens Business Bank Arena to catch big-time Nashville acts Lady Antebellum, Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves, but Musgraves might be worth the drive along.
The Church on York hosts a Jason Molina tribute: Songs: Molina with A Memorial Electric Co., Deradoorian and Miles Cooper Seaton. The Wiltern will be jamming with Umphrey’s McGee and blues guitar ace Guitar Shorty holds court at the Arcadia Blues Club. The hot buzz band Lake Street Dive have a sold out show at the Troubadour (they’ll also be at the Hotel Café on the 18 – and good luck getting in there too).
Sun. March 16
Top Show: I guess it would be Lavender Country’s appearance at the Church On York. For the first time in 15 years, the band will be playing songs from their self-titled 1973 album, which is recognized at the first openly gay country album. While Fence and Gun Outfit also are on the bill.
McCabe’s is a great place to catch veteran bluesman man David Bromberg. James Vincent McMorrow reveals an interestingly expanded musical palette on his new CD, Post Tropical, which has divided listeners based on what their expectations were for the Irish musician’s follow up to his more traditionally singer/songwriter-based debut. He’ll play the Roxy tonight and the 17th. Get there early enough to see the band Aiden Knight whose debut Small Reveal was a big revelation to me last year.
Also on the 17th, soul man John Nemeth brings his new album Memphis Grease and the great band the Bo-Keys to his Grammy Museum appearance. Also, the psychedelic-tinged folk-rockers The Turin Brakes have a rare L.A. show at the Troubadour.